Scientists are largely in the dark about how to stop or treat the many never-seen-before global health problems of recent years, from the emergence of the deadly MERS virus in Saudi Arabia, to a new killer strain of bird flu in China and an unprecedented Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Researchers are looking to streamline clinical trials for new drugs to treat these diseases and eliminate the bureaucratic obstacles that often prevent an effective response to outbreaks.
Diseases largely eradicated in the United States a generation ago are returning. Across America, children are getting sick and dying from these preventable diseases—in part because some parents (more than 10%) choose to skip or delay their children’s immunizations.
The United States is currently experiencing a large, multi-state measles outbreak linked to an amusement park in California. Since the beginning of the year, 121 cases have been reported across 17 states and the District of Columbia. It is important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of measles, and understand that timely vaccination is the key to preventing measles. The CDC reports that 1 in 12 children in the U.S. are not receiving the measles vaccination.